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Be Sure to Make Your End of Year Gift On Time!

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As the end of the year approaches, you’re probably thinking about your next gift to Back Bay Mission. We want to share some important information – especially important if you want to claim your gift on you taxes for this year – about end of year gifts to the Mission.

If you’re mailing your gift to Back Bay Mission, it must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Gifts postmarked after that date will be counted for 2018. Please mail your gifts to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, MS 39533.

If you’re making your gift on our website, you must make the gift by 11:59pm central time on December 31, 2017. You can make your gift here.

Thank you for strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives through your gifts to Back Bay Mission!  

It’s a Great Day to Give!

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It’s #GivingTuesday, the annual kick off for end of year giving. Since it began in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

So, you’re probably getting a lot of emails and seeing a lot of social media posts asking you to make a gift. You’re probably thinking about who you should support. You’re probably thinking about how you could make a difference today.

And you know the answer: Back Bay Mission.

When you give to Back Bay Mission, you support a community ministry with 95 years of experience serving the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You make sure that people can survive poverty and homelessness through programs like emergency assistance and the Micah Day Center. You help people begin their journeys out of poverty through Bridges Out of Poverty and our community health initiatives. You provide a place of warmth and welcome to people who are neglected far too often.

This #GivingTuesday, strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives with a gift to Back Bay Mission.

Thank you for your generosity.

Support Back Bay Mission with a Facebook Fundraiser This #GivingTuesday

By | Giving Opportunities

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday! Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a great day to support your favorite nonprofit organization. And this year, you have a new tool at your disposal: a Facebook campaign!

Facebook campaigns allow you to raise money for Back Bay Mission through your social network. This is a great opportunity to tell your friends about the Mission and help them begin strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

And on Giving Tuesday, gift through your fundraiser may be matched! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching up to $2 million in donations ($50,000 per nonprofit organization and $1,000 per campaign) made between 8am EST and midnight HST on Giving Tuesday.

Go set up your fundraiser today, hype it on Giving Tuesday, and make a difference on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

A Happy (and Generous) Thanksgiving Weekend!

By | Giving Opportunities

It’s almost Thanksgiving weekend! For many of us — including Mission staff and volunteers — that means a fantastic meal, time together with family and friends, and maybe even a long weekend. For far too many people, though, it means continuing struggle. The people we serve on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will still be homeless, hungry, and living in poverty. As you gather around the table, please take a moment to remember the people who don’t have a warm home or a hot meal.

Then take a moment to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives through a gift to Back Bay Mission.

Here are just two ways you can give this Thanksgiving weekend:

Friday (November 24) is Black Friday and Monday (November 27) is Cyber Monday. Both of these days mean great deals online, including Amazon. If you’re making a purchase from Amazon — maybe you’re getting ahead on that Christmas shopping — be sure to go to smile.amazon.com and name Back Bay Mission as your charity of choice. When you purchase one of the tens of millions of eligible products on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your purchase will come to Back Bay Mission! That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up… and it means that your everyday purchases can strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives!

Tuesday (November 28) is Giving Tuesday. On this sixth annual international day of giving, millions of people from around the world will give to causes they care about. You can give to Back Bay Mission easily and securely on Giving Tuesday— or any other day of the year — right here on our website. Just head to our giving page!

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what we have. And one of the best ways to give thanks is to share what we have with people who don’t have enough. Take some time this Thanksgiving weekend to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives.

Thank you for your support!

 

An Important Note on End of Year Giving

By | Giving Opportunities

As the end of the year approaches, you’re probably thinking about your next gift to Back Bay Mission. We want to share some important information – especially important if you want to claim your gift on you taxes for this year – about end of year gifts to the Mission.

If you’re mailing your gift to Back Bay Mission, it must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Gifts postmarked after that date will be counted for 2018. Please mail your gifts to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, MS 39533.

If you’re making your gift on our website, you must make the gift by 11:59pm central time on December 31, 2017. You can make your gift here.

Thank you for strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives through your gifts to Back Bay Mission!  

Support Back Bay Mission by Hosting a Shrimp Boil!

By | Events, Giving Opportunities

Last week, we posted some photos from a shrimp boil hosted by our friends at Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. For decades, shrimp boils have been a traditional way for churches to support Back Bay Mission. Every year, churches and other organizations around the country host these simple events. Through them, congregations strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Traditionally, shrimp boils are simple events that any church can easily host. And to make it easier, we’ve prepared this short guide to hosting one! We hope you’ll take a look and consider supporting Back Bay Mission by hosting your own shrimp boil.

Shrimp Boil Basics

Shrimp boils are informal events. The traditional Gulf Coast shrimp boils recipe is nothing more than water, shrimp, lemon, seasoning, heat, and time. The cooked and drained shrimp is then poured out over newspaper-covered tables and served with cocktail sauce and drinks. Cleanup is taken care of by gathering everything on the table and putting it right in the trash. No dishes or silverware means no fuss, no muss.

When it comes to programming, we generally suggest dinner first. An hour for dinner and an hour (or less) for a program strikes a good balance between fun and learning. The program portion of the evening can be taken care of by volunteers from your congregation, people in your area who have agreed to represent the Mission, or even Mission staff!

Shrimp boils raise money either through ticket sales or free-will offerings (or both). These, too, keep things simple. Ticket costs can be based on the amount it costs to host the event. Free-will offerings may mean that the church has to cover at least some of the cost of the meal. Either way, if the audience is excited to be supporting a good cause, these can raise money to support Back Bay Mission.

Of course, different churches do things differently. Some congregations prepare low country shrimp boils with sausage, potatoes, corn, and more. Some serve their boils on plates. Some add salads, garlic bread, and non-shrimp options. Some raise money through silent auctions and raffles. Some have wine pulls. Shrimp boils are as diverse as the congregations that host them.

Below, we’re going to give some suggestions on hosting a shrimp boil that you can mix and match. This will help you make your shrimp boil yours while keeping the common core that brings all shrimp boils together: strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

The Food

Gulf Coast shrimp boils are usually simple. This recipe will serve eight, so multiply accordingly:

  • Thaw and separate 5 lbs. of frozen shrimp. We suggest 26/30 count shrimp, which means 26 to 30 shrimp per pound. These are sometimes labelled ‘Extra Large’ shrimp.
  • Bring 3/4 gallons of water, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 1 oz. Zatarain’s liquid shrimp and crab boil (or 1 bag Zatarain’s dry shrimp and crab boil) to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp to the water.
  • Boil the shrimp for four to six minutes. After that, remove a shrimp from the water, shock it in cold water, and test it for doneness. If done, the shell will be separating from the flesh, which will be firm and white.
  • Once the shrimp is done, remove it from heat and 1/2 gallon of cold water to stop the cooking process. Steep the shrimp for three to five minutes. Drain and serve hot.

You might prefer a low country shrimp boil, with more ingredients. And many congregations add salads, garlic bread, and cocktail sauce. You can find some recipes here:

You may also want to have a non-shrimp option for kids or others who might just not like shrimp.

The Service

Traditional shrimp boil service is simple. Cover tables with old newspaper and pour the shrimp over the table. Guests can grab, peel, eat, and deposit their peels right on the table. This makes cleanup easy as well: just grab everything and put it in the trash. Most churches that host shrimp boils do something like this, though many also have plates for people. Choose something that fits the personality of your congregation, but we recommend against buffets or formal table service.

The Program

Part of the purpose of any shrimp boil is to introduce people to – or update people about – Back Bay Mission. Usually, this is done through a program after dinner. There are a few different options for a great program.

If you’re church has recently gone on a mission trip to Back Bay Mission, your volunteers might be able to put a great program together. They can share about their experiences and about what they learned while they were with us in Biloxi.

If you’re new to Back Bay Mission, don’t have any volunteers in your congregation, or just want something a little more special, contact church relations associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ). He’ll be happy to come to your shrimp boil (or, if he’s unavailable, set up a visit from other Mission staff, a member of our Board of Directors, or a volunteer in your area). Please note that we can only send staff is the shrimp boil is raising money specifically for the Mission.

Plan on leaving about an hour for the program.

Raising Money

The other part of the purpose for a shrimp boil is to raise money. There are a few great ways to do this.

First, you can sell tickets. Your best bet here is to figure out the cost per serving and double or triple it. This will make sure that you cover costs and that you raise additional money for the Mission.

Second, you can take a free will offering. This can be done by having baskets for donations on the tables or by passing a basket through the crowd.

Third, some churches decide to add other options for raising money. They can be a lot of work, but silent auctions, raffles, and other events can raise significant amounts of money. Check your state and local laws before raising money in ways other than ticket sales and free will offerings. Some fundraisers, like raffles, are regulated.

Conclusion

Shrimp boils are a great way to introduce your congregation to Back Bay Mission while raising money to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope you’ll consider hosting one at your church or organization. Once you’ve decided to do that – or if you want to explore the idea some more – contact Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ) and let us know!

You Can Help Someone Move Towards Self-Sustainability

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries, Veterans

This summer, a generous donor agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations to the Mission’s Client Sustainability Campaign. The Client Sustainability Campaign is supporting three vital Mission ministries: our Bridges Out of Poverty program, our community health initiatives, and our Veterans Support Fund.

Thanks to people just like you, we raised more than $37,000 this summer! That brings the total amount raised to almost $60,000!

But that doesn’t mean we’re done. This year, we’re hoping to raise $150,000 for these important ministries; ministries that help people begin making their journeys out of poverty and towards self-sustainability.

Bridges out of Poverty helps people move out of poverty through an evidence-based curriculum that includes mentoring. A 16-week class helps participants create plans and strategies what will help them achieve their goals. During and after that class, participants receive mentoring from community members as well as ongoing support from Mission staff.

Our community health initiatives help people be good stewards of their health. Through classes and activities, participants learn about common health problems and how to prevent them. Through case management, people with health problems are supported through their illness. Together, these initiatives address the barriers caused by poor health, make our community healthier, and position our neighbors for sustainability.

The veterans support fund gives immediate help to veterans who hit a bump on the road to self-sustainability. This fund helps veterans fix their cars, buy clothes for job interviews, and overcome other obstacles on the way to a better life.

You can be a part of this important campaign! Go to our campaign page to make your gift today, or mail your gift (with a note that it’s to the Client Sustainability Campaign) to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, MS 39533.

Have You Thought about Your Legacy?

By | Giving Opportunities

August is national Make a Will month! This is a great opportunity for you to think about what your legacy will be for your family and your favorite charitable organization.

Losing a loved one is always difficult. In the days, weeks, and months of grieving that follow a death, families and friends are left to figure out what the deceased wanted their legacy to be. A will is one way of recording your wishes and sparing your family the struggle of dealing with your estate during this deeply emotional time. National Make a Will month is also a good time to consider funeral arrangements and living wills. All of these things help make sure that your wishes are followed after your passing.

A will or other estate plan is also a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives through a gift to Back Bay Mission! Your planned gifts to the Mission ensures that powerful ministries like housing rehabilitation, the Micah Day Center, and Bridges Out of Poverty can continue to serve the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More than that, they make sure that we’ll be able to develop new ministries to meet the needs of our community.

There are many ways to leave your legacy at Back Bay Mission. A will is the most common way to make a planned gift, but there are also gifts that provide an income for you during your retirement, gifts that help you reduce or avoid income and estate taxes, and others. Our friends at United Church Funds and Planned Giving Marketing have helped us create a microsite where you can learn more about supporting Back Bay Mission through your legacy.

We hope you’ll take some time this month to consider how you will have a lasting impact on the world, on your community, and on the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Please consider making Back Bay Mission part of your legacy.

Support Back Bay Mission on Prime Day

By | Giving Opportunities

Amazon Prime Day begins at 8pm central time tonight (July 10) and runs all day tomorrow (July 11). If you’re a Prime member, this is a great opportunity to use your shopping to support Back Bay Mission! Do your Prime shopping through smile.amazon.com and select Back Bay Mission as your charity, and a portion of your purchase will help the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Thank you for your support!

Have You Doubled Your Gift?

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries

Did you read our recent post about the amazing work that the Micah Day Center is doing to help people find steady employment? If you did, you know some of what Back Bay Mission is doing to help the people we serve begin their journeys out of poverty and to self-sustainability. This is important work. And we want to do more.

This year, we’re raising $150,000 for three of our ministries that help people towards self-sustainability: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund. You can read about those programs here.

And now is your chance to support these amazing ministries by having your gift doubled!

From June 1, 2017, until August 31, 2017, a generous donor is matching up to $10,000 in gifts to our client sustainability campaign. We’re well on our way there, but we can’t do it without you.

This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to help people begin their journeys out of poverty. This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives!

Head over to our campaign page to make your gift today!

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